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SAFEGUARDS | Toys & Juvenile Products NO. 135/16

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On 30 June 2016, Joint Standard Australia / Standards New Zealand Committee, CS-018, Safety of Children’s toys, published AS/NZS 8124.1:2016 and AS/NZS 8124.2:2016 to supersede AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2013 and AS/NZS ISO 8124.2:2009 respectively. (1)

An overview of major changes is highlighted below:

AS/NZS 8124.1:2016

It is an adoption with national modifications and has been reproduced from ISO 8124-1:2014, and has been varied as indicated to take account of Australian / New Zealand markets. The modifications are specified in Appendix ZZ

  • Newly added “fibrous filling material” as small part exemption

  • Newly added a figure to illustrate single ventilation area

  • Newly added criteria for kinetic energy (K.E.) requirements per area of contact in form of arrow

  • Adjusted the tolerance of cylindrical gauge for measurement of projectile tips

  • Amended the rationale for small parts and suction cups

In comparison to AS/NZS ISO 8124.1:2013, the major changes are:

Newly added “template B” for assessment of toys or components of toys with nearly spherical, hemispherical, circular flared, or dome-shaped ends of toys as well as toy fastener. This is now aligned with ASTM F963-11

Projectile toys:

  • Employ a new concept of exemption for projectiles whose maximum range is less than 300mm

  • The tip radius shall be assessed by cylindrical gauge

  • New test for Wall impact testing

  • Mouth-actuated projectile toys shall not permit the intended projectile to pass through the mouthpiece 

  • Rotors and propellers that are powered by electrical energy, spring or inertial energy, and that can take off into free flight, shall be designed to minimize the potential of injury from rotating blades.

For example:

a) the design of the rotor or propeller shall prevent access to the blade ends during operation;

b) the blade ends shall be “clutched” or loosely attached to the rotor so that the ends are not directly powered by the rotor drive;

c) rotors or propellers shall be designed so that the leading edges are protected with a resilient material

AS/NZS 8124.2:2016

This standard is an adoption with national modifications and has been reproduced from ISO 8124-2:2014.

In comparision to AS/NZS ISO 8124.2:2009, the major changes are:

  • Amending the definitions of terms “hair”, “flammable gas”, “liquid” and “highly flammable liquid”.

  • Added definitions for “extremely flammable liquid”, “chemical toy”, “materials with similar features” and “moulded head masks”.

  • Upper height limitation for the application of the test flame added to the test method for soft-filled toys

Note (1): These are voluntary standards. For regulated requirement, please refer to Australian Competition & Consumer Commission (ACCC)

https://www.productsafety.gov.au/content/index.phtml/itemId/970796

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